RE: Starshine 3 observation

From: Tony Beresford (
Date: Thu Oct 11 2001 - 04:30:44 EDT

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    At 13:05 11/10/01 , Ted Molczan wrote:
    >I am not familiar with the design issues, but it seems to me that it might have
    >been better to have a lighter coloured body, to enable the object to be
    >observed using binoculars, as a hedge against infrequent flashes. 
    Ted, the problem is to keep the satellite warm enough for the small electronics
    package. There have been spacecraft failures due to low temperatures freezing
    the batteries, when spacecraft have failed to activate, and some near misses.
    Tony Beresford
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